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    Geneva
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    Hello, first time posting but I have been following and going through old post on here as I have been bottle feeding a litter of 3 kittens since they were a day to two days old tops. They are going on 13 days now and all appear to be doing good for the most part but have a few concerns and questions hoping to get some help on.

    1. I have been feeding the kittens with a syringe and giving them the amount based on their weight (weighing every morning) example, Luna is 8oz so she is getting 9mls 7x daily (schedule I currently have them on is 3am, 630am, 10am, 1pm, 430pm, 8pm, 11pm. Two of the kittens are bigger than the third and seem to still be hungry after each feeding. I am concerned with over feeding them if I give them more.. any suggestions?
    2. Peaches, the smallest of the 3, currently weighing 7.2 ounces, has started to appear to be a little off as of yesterday afternoon. Normally he’s my screamer and obnoxious one, now.. barely cries and seems weak all of a sudden. He is eating, purring, slightly playing, and peeing and pooping. It’s just his all of a sudden weakness that has me worried. I have been watching him closely and of course prepared to run him to ER Vet if needed (about did last night just being I sometimes over worry)
    3. Runny poop all the way around! They very rarely have formed stools and most of the time it’s on the runny side. I did take them to the vet Thursday for a check up (didn’t seem very helpful for the 70 I paid) just stated they all seemed healthy and told me to add water to their formula (they are on KMR liquid mix) day 2 with water added as directed by vet 1 part water 3 parts formula and still runny stools. Any suggestions on this… I don’t want to change too much where we go from one extreme to another, I would almost think constipation could be worse.
    Any thoughts and feedback would be greatly appreciate! I have looked at so many post on here trying to find the answer myself but there are just way too many to go through to find exactly the answers I need.

    #867954

    Kittyzee
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    Adding water to the formula only makes the formula thinner. I would add some pedialyte (human baby kind) because it adds electrolytes that are lost during bouts of diarrhea. I would feed them until they stop eating, when they know they are full. When kittens get lethargic sometimes it’s because their sugar levels drop too low. Rub some karo syrup or honey on their gums and tongue to perk them up…then try and feed them. You can also supplement with goat’s milk which is wonderfully full of probiotics and helps their immune system. You can get it in the refrigerated milk section of the grocery, or in the baking aisle in cans as condensed, or powdered. Follow the directions on the cans.

    They probably have parasites (worms) which the vet can administer a deworming medication when they are old enough. Also coccidia can cause diarrhea in kittens and a stool sample will be taken and a different medicine will be administered other than the dewormer to care for that if they have it.

    #867958

    Geneva
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    I have seen post about goats milk, it won’t hurt them to switch all of a sudden and maybe alternate back and forth?
    How much Pedialyte do I add to their food at a time?
    I tried what you said to let them eat till they stop, unfortuantly they don’t seem to know a stopping point lol. Scarlet was at over 13 ml and still wanted more when her belly was very obviously plum full! I read online feeding too much can cause runny stools, with already having this issue that’s the last thing I want.
    What’s the youngest they can be wormed by a vet? I plan to call tomorrow cause I do think that may be Peaches problem at the moment. He has a little pot belly but we noticed all of a sudden we are feeling his ribs and spine more, funny thing is he’s not loosing weight, he is gaining. He is most defiantly the runt out of the 3 and such a peanut compared to his chubby sisters.

    #867960

    Kittyzee
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    I’ve never had bad results with goat’s milk, and I would add it in addition to the KMR. I will post a link that may answer a lot of questions on hand rearing kittens, but remember these guidelines are general and a lot of kittens eat more or less according to their size and age and ability. Also, kittens eat and eat when they have worms and tend to look scrawny with a large pot belly–and their coat quality is poorer too. Once they have been dewormed, they fill out and their coat starts looking better.

    I am guessing on how much pedialyte to give them, but I would mix it with the formula (that is if you are feeding powdered KMR). The liquid KMR (in my experience) tends to cause loose stools. If that is what is happening, then get the powdered kind. I also like the powdered goat’s milk. It stores longer and you can mix just what you need and use it up.

    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

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    #867962

    Geneva
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    Thank you! All very great advice. Little more worried about Peaches tonight, getting more weak and won’t eat as much, debating on taking him to ER vet tonight or waiting till morning considering it’s already 11pm and the vet is over an hour away. He’s still purring, slightly crying but not as loud as he usually does. Looking online he could have fading kitten syndrome which could be a number of things causing it.

    #867974

    Kittyzee
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    Keep us posted on Peaches please!

    #868011

    Geneva
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    Kittens were seen by a vet yesterday and started on dewormer and another med for a different parasite. Peaches was given fluids and seems to be doing a lot better! Unfortuantly the meds seemed to have made the loose stools even worse!!! Literally poop explosions going on. I started them on a new mixture of powdered kitten formula, 50/50 of water and Pedialyte, and a little bit of pumpkin. So far no difference and curious with the severe runs if I should do full strength pedylyite.

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